Career Advice

Book a career counselling session

As a graduate and member of IDA, you have the opportunity to book a session with a career counsellor. Our consultants can assist you with your current challenges as well as uncover your competencies, strengths and goals.

How a career counselling session can help you

As a member of IDA, you have the right to a career counselling session of approx. 1 hour's duration every six months.

Through a career counselling session, you can make a plan for creating a more satisfying working life, increase your value to employers, and adapt to a job market that is constantly evolving.

Our career consultants can, for example, assist you in uncovering your competencies, strengths and goals, as well as your current professional challenges - things that may be invisible to yourself, but which can have great significance for your current and future working life.

You can get a career counselling session whether you are in employment or not.

How IDA's career counsellors can assist you

Career advice for graduates - employed or unemployed: 

  • Discuss your current challenges in your job. 
  • Uncover your skills, strengths and desires. 
  • Get advice when changing jobs or changing industries. 

Career advice for new graduates: 

  • Get help with finding your first job. 
  • Get advice on how to get started with your career or your first job. 
  • Get advice on how to thrive at work and in your working life. 

Career advice for managers: 

  • Get advice on how to develop and maintain your motivation, your commitment and your market value as a manager
  • Identify your competencies and strengths as a manager
  • Get help determining the next step in your career

Book your career counselling now (requires log-in) 

How to prepare for a career counselling session

When you book a career counselling session, we ask you first of all for a brief description of why you want career counselling. It is important that you put into words how you would like us to assist you. Try to be as specific as you can in describing what you expect from the counsellor.

Before the meeting, you will receive some material that you must prepare in advance. The material may be of different nature depending on the content of the conversation. It can be articles you need to read, a situation you need to reflect on or a task you need to solve.

It is important that you set aside some time for preparation prior to the career counselling session. You will also be asked to send a copy of your CV - even if the interview is not about job search. That way, our advisor can prepare as thoroughly as possible.

What to consider before your career meeting

When reflecting on your career, you might find it difficult to take all things into consideration at once. Below, we have tried to raise some of the questions you might want to ask yourself when it comes to working on your career:

  • Are you committed to the tasks you are currently solving?
  • Do you think that you are developing in the right direction?
  • Do you feel that your qualifications are appreciated?
  • Do you do enough yourself to further your education?
  • Where would you like to be in 3 years?
  • Are you proud of your current job?
  • What are your personal strengths? Weaknesses?
  • When was the last time you took the initiative to talk to your boss (if you have one) about your role in the company?

The questions we ask about our working lives can be divided into three main categories:

  • The working environment, company / organization, department, colleagues, customers and other external partners
  • Your professional competencies
  • Your personal talents and strengths

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